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Freeway driving (excludes LSMs and mopeds)

Note: The following sections deal with the freeway driving portion of the Level Two road test. If you take the road test on a limited-speed motorcycle or a moped, you will not do the freeway portion, since these vehicles are not allowed on freeways in Ontario. However, you should be familiar with the information contained in the following sections, as it may appear on the Level One knowledge test.

As a motorcyclist, you have to be careful not to drive too fast on a freeway. Although it is easy for motorcycles to cut through traffic and speed on a freeway, driving faster than traffic is dangerous because you will not be able to react quickly enough in an emergency.

Drive at a steady speed on a freeway. Keep checking traffic all around you and look in your mirrors every five to 10 seconds. As in city driving, you should be constantly scanning the road ahead and to each side, and checking your rearview mirrors. Look ahead to where you are going to be in the next 15 to 20 seconds, or as far ahead as you can see.

Always keep at least a two- to three-second distance behind the vehicle in front of you. If another vehicle follows too closely, give yourself even more room in front or change lanes. Keep a cushion of space all around you and avoid driving in the blind spots of other vehicles. Stay clear of large vehicles. They block your view more than other vehicles and create a strong air disturbance behind them. If you get behind one of these vehicles, the wall of wind can whip around your motor- cycle, making it difficult to control.